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Average Salary for Catholic University of America Alumni

Catholic University of America, a private research institution planted in Washington, District of Columbia, with around 4,000 undergraduates, provides an excellent blend of education and price, strongly ranked in the top 9 percent of universities by ROI. Students of this private university enjoy its big-city campus; Washington is home to a melting pot of social activities and entertainment. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by CUA graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

out of 476

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

out of 267

Typical Early Career Salary

Catholic University of America Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Design Architect
9 salaries
Architectural Designer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
5 salaries
Social Worker
4 salaries
4 salaries
Associate Attorney
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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Catholic University of America Details

620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064


Private Schools, Research Universities, Religious

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Graduates of CUA are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the health care industry, and IT services. The most popular career sector among alumni is the architectural services industry. Those with a degree from CUA tend to make $67K.


Among CUA alumni, those working as Associate Attorneys report the highest median pay of around $80K, followed by Design Architects (about $73K), and Attorneys ($64K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Architectural Designers, making an average of approximately $45K.


Those with a degree from CUA often relocate to Washington, DC after college. CUA alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Baltimore, which offers median salaries of $96K. CUA alumni in New York can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $64K. Rockville and Arlington also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A Master's Degree, Theology earns CUA students the most money after college (around $165K per year). Annual salaries for those with a Master of Science (MS), Business Management are the lowest of the pack, earning $36K.


CUA grads are usually competent in Project Management, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 18 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $79K). Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a fair portion of alums, and the greater part of graduates report health coverage. A solid majority of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Catholic University of America alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Howard University grads report the most similar salaries to CUA alums, earning $68K on average. Lehigh University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Fordham University are also similar to CUA.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1220
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats

55 %
45 %
$39,554 - $89,870
$42,513 - $106,888
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
$34,724 - $100,343
$50,278 - $100,883
$34,946 - $113,003
$69,919 - $125,000

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